Atonal Blues (2009) [Mezzo, Pno] 3"
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Your typical blues song is for someone that has lost their man, their woman, their job, their dog, etc. This is a blues song for a contemporary music performer that has lost their funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. After a piano introduction of contemporary music cliches, the verse is a traditional 12-bar blues (with quotes from The Rite of Spring and Pierrot Lunaire) while the chorus is more like a wrong-note 1920s pop song, with a lot of tritones, major sevenths, and minor ninths It was premiered on 1/24/09 by Marjorie Bunday and Billie Whittaker.